Holly brings 15 years experience to the Center in project management, community-based decision making, communication and collaboration processes, and leadership. Holly earned her doctorate from Clark University, Graduate School of Geography, in Worcester, MA. She also hold a Master’s in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Boston University. Holly’s research and publications include work on afterschool programs and school culture change, shared vision models for community-based decision making, and the spatial mapping of indicators for risk and vulnerability. In her previous position, Dr. Morehouse was Vermont’s State Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at the Vermont Department of Education. Prior to her work with the department, Holly was the Director of 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs in Winooski, VT, and also held a position as a Research Fellow for the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Project Assistant for Membership and Development
Erin Schwab has experience working in both non-profit organizations and educational/afterschool environments. She has held two AmeriCorps positions; one in which she helped manage and place volunteers within the public school system of Springfield, MA, and piloted a project to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s tutoring and mentoring programs. In Brattleboro, VT, she served with a community justice center and created a database for the effective intra-office tracking and sharing of volunteer information. While attending college in upstate NY, she was an active volunteer in area middle schools’ Lego Robotics afterschool programs. She has spent five summers teaching youth in New York, California, and Hawaii. Erin holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Industrial/Management Engineering (2008) and her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College (2010).
Project Manager for Quality
Karen is an experienced educational professional with 20+ years’ experience designing, launching, coordinating and assessing education programs. She specializes in successfully engaging stakeholders from multiple organizations and disciplines, establishing meaningful partnerships that accomplish mutual goals and vision. Karen started her career working with low and modest income students, their families and adults, providing support, expertise and information as they pursued their postsecondary education dreams. In 1999 Karen took on the project of developing a brand new federal grant program for Vermont that had been awarded to VSAC. Vermont State GEAR UP is now a nationally recognized model for college access and student success, serving thousands of students who may not have originally seen themselves as having potential for higher education. In addition to her work with the Center, Karen has been accepted into the Doctoral program at UVM for Education Leadership and Policy Studies and also serves as Council Staff for the Prekindergarten-16 Education Council of the Vermont Legislature.
Project Manager for Training
Tracy Truzansky has spent the greater part of her career providing training and professional development for informal and formal educators in the areas of science, environmental education, group dynamics, and leadership. She has worked in non-profits including the Girl Scouts, YMCA and most recently as the Director of Education at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. She enjoys working with adult learners who support youth in schools, camps and in other informal educational and recreational settings. She currently teaches at Champlain College and as an independent consultant for the Vermont Science Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys biking, swimming, travel and outdoor adventures with her partner, Beth and two daughters, April and Faith.
Project Assistant for Communications and Partnerships
Cassie Willner is a writer, communicator, and educator with many diverse teaching experiences. She most recently taught high school English at the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy (MMWA), as well as directed MMWA’s communications and development efforts. Cassie also worked to create local afterschool programs with community partners as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the Fleming Museum, and has a deep appreciation for alternative learning opportunities. When not developing nonprofit communication strategies, freelance writing, or leading bicycle tours, she loves to work in her community garden plot and grow lots of flowers. Cassie holds a M.A. in communications and journalism from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in English from Colgate University.